Reports in the Farmers Guardian suggest that 1 in 4 dairy farmers in England are still unsure of their NVZ status and more than half have insufficient slurry storage to meet the requirements of the new rules.
With just under a year before the new rules are due to come into place, a survey conducted by the NFU revealed some shocking statistics about farmers' preparations.
The survey is due to be published next week and gathered responses from 150 dairy farmers. It reveals that whilst the majority of farmers have assessed the impact of the regulations on their business, many are still not ready for the new rules.
Apprxo 62% of England is designated as an NVZ and by 1st Jan 2012 farmers must provide at least six months' storage capacity for poultry manures and pig slurry and at least five months' for slurry from other types of livestock.
To find out more about the forthcoming NVZ regulations speak to Dan Bowden at Barbers Rural on 01630 692500.